Make no mistake about it, when British fighter Andre Winner steps into his next bout against Anthony Njokuani, it could be a “Fight of the Night” situation.
Both Winner and Njokuani are known for their exciting fighting styles and huge knockout power. Still, both fighters are coming off losses in the UFC’s dog-eat-dog lightweight division.
Winner doesn’t look to put any extra pressure on himself heading into the UFC 132 bout, he just wants to go out there and get a victory.
“Every fight’s a big fight,” Winner told MMAWeekly.com. “Every fight’s your most important fight, so nothing changes there. So, no not really, doesn’t put any extra pressure on me.”
Winner has been out of action since November, but still keeps a keen eye on the UFC for any future opponents. He admits he was impressed with Njokuani’s performance against Brazilian phenom Edson Barboza Jr. at UFC 128, and believes that their fight will be right on par with that one.
“He’s a pretty good kickboxer, so it should be an interesting match-up. He’s quite rangy, uses his strikes well, and I was impressed with his last fight against Edson Barboza, that was a good fight. Real good technical fight. I’m looking forward to the match-up,” Winner said.
Training out of Team Rough House in the U.K., Winner also works with some of the best strikers in the business including Paul Daley and Dan Hardy.
While he has the utmost respect for Njokuani’s striking skills, it’s nothing that Winner doesn’t see every single day in the gym.
“He’s a little more kickboxer-ish than myself. He poses problems, but I’m sure I can find solutions for them,” said Winner. “I’ve got some good people to spar with, ideal for this fight.”
Winner will train with his team in England to prepare for the UFC 132 showdown with Anthony Njokuani in July. The lightweights will meet as part of the undercard for the event taking place in Las Vegas, featuring bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz against Urijah Faber.